Sleep can be elusive as we age. But, we need it. We REALLY need it. “Sleep is brain food,” says Dr. Partha Nandi, host of the syndicated television show, ASK DR. NANDI.
With that important message in mind, here are wonderful tips on improving your sleep from 18 FOFriends, plus Geri Brin’s own recommendation. We love each and every one!
“Yes, the right mattress, mattress topper, and pillow combination. It took me years to get all three right.”
“The first key point is to stick with the same bedtime and morning wake-up time, even on weekends. Now, let’s say you’re actually sleeping only five hours a night (12:30 a.m. to 5:30 a.m.) but getting into your bed at 10 p.m. Put off getting in your bed until 12:30 a.m., or until you know you’re sleepy enough to fall asleep soon after you lay down.
If you want to increase your actual sleep time by two hours (from five to seven hours a night), start a routine where you begin adding 20 minutes onto your time in bed each week until you have added the two hour bank of time. Week 1: Go to sleep at 12:10 a.m., instead of 12:30 a.m. Week 2: Go to sleep at 11:50 p.m. etc.
Another key point is that if you cannot fall asleep for over 20 minutes, you should leave your bedroom and do something that makes you sleepy (reading does this for me), and then go back to bed when you feel tired enough to actually sleep. I did this while working full-time, and although it is extremely hard for a few weeks, it does reset your internal clock to sleep better. I learned this method when going through a sleep program. Give it a try!”